Monday, 3 August 2015

Peg board tutorial...



 hello... no blog posts for a while, sorry.  I made a decision not just to blog for the sake of it and when it has been 5 years you do run out of things to say...but I wanted to keep the option of posting the occasional tutorial here if I made anything useful. So here I am.
This came about because I needed something to hang my prints on when taking photographs of them for my etsy shop. But they turned out so well I have used them as storage for my shed and little desk area.  Last year I made one for my book which is in a vintage frame and more decorative but this one is so simple.
You will need
Wooden peg board sheet (cut to your required size)
1 length of wooden dowel (the size of the peg board holes) mine was 4mm
White emulsion paint
Paint roller/ tray or brush
Small wood saw
Sandpaper
Acryilic paint in a few different colours / paintbrush
Small screws/ screwdriver
Re the wooden peg board: you can find this in timber merchants and diy stores and they will usually cut it to size for you, however they may charge you for the whole piece even if you you don't use it all so I had mine cut into 4 pieces that would easily fit in the car and I have spares to make extra boards for Mr H's shed and the kitchen. My 4 pieces cost approx £15


ok so it will look like this (unless you are lucky enough to find white pegboard, in which case skip the painting bit!)
using the emulsion paint and roller paint the pegboard white, try not to over load the roller as this clogs up the holes...


if the holes do get paint in them don't worry let it dry a little and then use a piece of the dowel to push into the holes to clear them.


while the paint is drying cut the dowel into 6cm length pieces, (I got approx 30 out of my dowel piece)...smooth the ends with the sandpaper and then paint one end in your bright coloured paint.



When all the paint is dry push the dowels into the pegboard, make sure they go right in so you will be able to hang things on them securely, they will be a snug fit but that's good as it keeps them in place.




To attach to the wall just use a small screw at each corner and fix in place.
You could paint the pegboard any colour to match your scheme or leave it unpainted.You can also find lots of different fixings online like baskets, hooks, small shelves etc to make it really useful..they are usually in garage storage or workshop sections.
Note added ...if you want to hang heavier items on these pegs they might not be strong enough so you would be better with metal hardware like the ones they use in shops :)

That's it for now, thanks for reading x x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

hello sunshine!











some new cushions have arrived in the shop  they had been cut out and sat on my work table for too long so I got in my shed and stitched them up. The vintage nine patch is back, along with a lovely geometric print and my favourite vintage sheet pattern. Also my newly printed Hello Sunshine fabric.I'm planning on getting more printed panels worked up and also some repeat florals.
Hope you are having a lovely week  x x x

Monday, 20 April 2015

spring break...


so the holidays are over but this sunny happy weather is hanging around for a bit longer hopefully. This is what our Easter looked like...

our easter tree was a twig with origami birds, I confess I'm not taking this down anytime soon as I've grown very fond of it...
 

 sunny days and outdoor crafting are my favourite, this door wreath was so quick and easy to make....



 in the second week of the holidays we tripped off to a little log cabin in North Yorkshire for a few days... no internet or phone signal so we had a chance to unplug for a few days...it was much needed.
 


I took a book, some wool and my quilt (which I take everywhere just so I feel a bit at home) and we walked and walked, saw waterfalls and castles, museums and rock pools, we took boat trips, had fish and chips on the beach and soaked up the sunny bright days.


and of course we couldn't resist a trip to Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay...

 and my wool slowly turned into this... now I have more than enough blankets these days so this one was for...


Arnie x

I hope you had a good Easter break...I'll be back soon with some new makes x

Friday, 27 March 2015

neon dot cushion tutorial...

hello! I made this sunny neon dot cushion at the weekend and I've done a little tutorial if you fancy making one for yourself.

things you will need
cotton calico 1m should make a couple of these cushions
fabric paint in your chosen colours
paper plate for mixing paint
sponge brush (I used a circle but you could do any shape or use a potato stamp)
wool
pom pom maker medium size
sewing machine/thread
scissors
measuring tape
iron
pillow insert 40cm x 40cm

  • Cut out a square of calico measuring 42cm x 42cm (front piece) and two rectangles measuring 42cm x 34cm (back pieces)
  •  using the fabric paint and sponge brush begin stamping the front piece of fabric, allow to dry and then iron the dots to heat seal the paint.
  • Hem one side of the wider edge on both of the back pieces. 
  • Place the front piece right side facing up
  • Place the back pieces right side facing down over the front piece with the hemmed edges
    towards the centre so that they overlap to make the envelope opening, pin together and sew a 1cm hem all the way around the four sides.

  • trim away excess seam allowance and turn the cover the right way around, pushing the corners to a point. Press the cover
  • make 4 pom poms using a pom pom maker or like this
  • stitch the pom poms on to each corner, making sure they are well attached


that's it, a pretty quick DIY apart from having to wait for the paint to dry...I found that the trickiest part because I am very impatient.


have a lovely weekend folks x x

Monday, 23 March 2015

book winner..


just a flying visit to announce the winner of the book giveaway from last week, thank you for all your comments! the winner is Amy Astle!!Amy get in touch with your email address so I can get your details to send this copy over to you x 
I'll be back soon with another tutorial x